Friday, November 2, 2012
Field hockey goalie Casey Herra turned away a potential game-tying goal as time expired to seal a 1-0 playoff victory over Marblehead.
Editor's Note: Video highlights and reaction are attached to this article. Also in a second video, you can watch the game-winning save by Herra complete with and up close slow motion replay. In the field hockey postseason, there is such a thing as sudden death overtime. But Wilmington never had to experience that thanks to a dramatic save by goaltender Casey Herra that gave the Wildcats sudden life at the end of regulation. Herra used her mask to knock a Marblehead shot wide as the final second ticked off the clock in the second half, sealing a 1-0 opening round home win on Thursday night at Alumni Stadium. Marblehead’s Hannah Fobert put the ball on net on a set play called by her head coach in hopes of tying the game and forcing overtime…
Friday, October 19, 2012
Already qualified for the playoffs, Wilmington dominated play throughout Thursday's game and went on to a 5-0 victory over Melrose.
Cruising to a 5-0 victory over Melrose on Thursday, the Wilmington field hockey team played cohesively from start to finish. According to interim head coach Leanne Ebert, the tilt was a cliff notes version of the Wildcats season to date. “They’re working well together as a team, and they get along well on and off the field. They really have gelled quickly,” said Ebert. “Every game I feel like they get more and more confident.” The victory improved Wilmington to 8-3-3 in league action, while the Wildcats are 8-3-4 overall. The team is already qualified for the postseason, and looks to continue to improve its positioning in the final week of the regular season. Emily Colosimo opened the scoring just 2:30 into the game on Thursday, while …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Wildcats, fresh off a postseason appearance, are off to a 2-0-1 start to the season.
The Wilmington field hockey team has put together a string of recent success, including a postseason appearance that saw them push formidable foe Belmont to brink last year. So far this season, the Wildcats seem poised to continue that trend. Following a 2-1 victory over Reading on Thursday, the team improved to 2-0-1 on the year under first-year head coach Leanne Ebert. Entering the new campaign, Ebert said she expected junior Amanda Richards and senior Casey Herra to leave their impact on the program this year. Versus Reading, Richards notched an assist on the first Wildcat goal and scored the game-winning tally while Herra snagged the win in goal with 13 saves. In addition, Ebert said captains Megan Howland and Emily Colosimo will be …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wildcats take lead, fall to hosts in tournament.
Despite their third-ranked seeding, 14 wins this season and playing their second tournament game at home Saturday, there was only one way Belmont High School Field Hockey Coach Jessica Smith could described the first 20 minutes of her team's performance against Wilmington in the quarterfinals of the Division 2 North playoffs. "We were awful, awful," said Smith as the visiting Wildcats kept her team bottled up in the defensive zone by winning every contested ball around the field. "They were scarred and nervous," said Smith, who called a time out a minute after the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. "I told them 'You're the number third-seed. They're the lower-ranked team but they are playing with more confident then…
Friday, November 4, 2011
WHS junior is this week's Whiz Kid.
Each week, Wilmington Patch will select a Whiz Kid of the Week. This week we spotlight Casey Herra, a standout field hockey player who also has strong ties to the Local Heroes program.
Strong first half paces locals to rematch versus Belmont.
Wilmington High School is playing its best field hockey of the season, and the Lady Wildcats picked the best time to do so. The locals finished the regular season with a string of strong performances to earn the No. 6 seed in the North Division 2 postseason. On Thursday in the first round against Marblehead, that trend continued with a 3-1 win. Senior captain Ryanne Newhouse opened the scoring when she found the back of the net at the 10:01 mark of the first half on an assist from Cristina Wilson. Just under two minutes later, Wilson notched a tally of her own, this one off of an assist from Shelley Sullivan. With just 2:23 to play in the opening frame, Amanda Richards slid the ball underneath Marblehead's diving goalie, and took control …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Vote for who will win and let us know why.
The second season begins tonight. Wilmington High School's field hockey team opens action in the North Division 2 postseason with a home tilt against No. 11 Marblehead. The sixth-seeded Wildcats have come on in recent weeks. After an up and down start, WHS turned on the jets in the final weeks with several big wins, including a 2-2 tie with unbeaten defending state champion Watertown. So for today's question, we want to know. Who's going to win? Vote in the poll below and tell us your reasoning in the comments section. Check back Friday for complete coverage of the game.
Wildcats field hockey opens postseason on Thursday.
"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the new feature in the comments section. 1. The recent string of pristine fall weather continues on Thursday. According to Weather.com, temperatures will reach 58° before the day is out. Some clouds may be present as the week winds down in Wilmington. 2. Wilmington is nearly out of the dark after this weekend's storm. As of Wednesday, Reading Municipal Light said only 25 customers are without power. If you're without power still, e-mail Local Editor Matt Schooley and tell us about your electricity woes. 3. The Recreation Commission holds its regular meeting …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Wilmington knocks off Stoneham, 4-0.
Earlier this season, the Stoneham field hockey team welcomed Wilmington to town and earned a 2-1 victory. What a difference a month makes. The Lady Wildcats used momentum from Wednesday's tie with unbeaten powerhouse Watertown and cruised to a 4-0 victory on Friday against Stoneham to help improve their playoff resume. "Considering (Watertown) has such a long record of wins, it honestly brought our team morale up so much and got us the win (against Stoneham)," said Wildcat senior captain Ryanne Newhouse. With the win, Wilmington is now 9-4-2 on the campaign heading down the home stretch of the regular season. Shelley Sullivan and Emily Colosimo each scored in the first half to give the locals a 2-0 edge heading into the break. Then, …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Marauders' O'Donovan scores twice in the first seven minutes to beat stubborn Wildcats.
A pair of Erin O'Donovan goals in the first seven minutes of game were just enough for Belmont High School field hockey to retain its unblemished record (7-0-0) as they survived a final 20 minutes of sustained pressure from new Middlesex League rivals Wilmington High School to defeat the Wildcats, 2-1, on Monday evening, at Harris Field. Both of O'Donovan's tallies – at three and six minutes – came from scrums in front of the Wildcat net after Juliet Barker made long runs down the left sideline and centered passes into the middle. The Wildcats nearly scored in between O'Donovan's scores but Belmont Goalkeeper Shannon Reynolds made a pad save on standout sophomore center Amanda Richards. Belmont held the majority of play in the second half…